Let’s face it, there are few home comforts that beat the satisfaction of seeing your child perfectly contented and completely at home in their own nursery room.
With this in mind, here’s a few tips on colour schemes and the theory of how colour can affect mood:
- Red: Bold, passionate and emotional.
Striking reds will certainly attract attention. While red can certainly have a place in your nursery setting it is not recommended as a wall to wall covering.
- Orange: Comfortable, warm and very cosy.
Orange promotes a relaxed, welcome feel that can put you at ease. The darker the shade of orange the more cosy the appeal. Brighter orange offers a more modern feel.
- Yellow: Wake up, the sun is shining!
Yellow is cheerful, lively and energetic, but don’t overdo it. It is understood that a subtle shade of yellow helps concentration and thought.
- Green: Refreshing, calm and natural.
Shades of green really are serene and it is thought to aid learning, thinking and concentration. A great colour for a nursery when matched correctly.
- Blue: Certainly not just to be considered for a boy’s nursery.
Blue can be a calming colour that supposedly increases productivity. The use of warm bright hues of blue in a nursery setting is far better than the overuse of a navy or dark shade. Think twice before combining a grey/blue as it is thought this could lean towards sadness.
- Purple: Do you have a fledgling Prince or Princess? (Of course you do!).
Purple is luxurious, dignified and mysterious. To this day it is associated with royalty. The use of pastel purples; think lilacs and lavender, are seen as being on the calm, serene side.
- White: Pure, clean, innocent.
White is sweet and angelic (even though at times your little one may not be!). By all means use white but not to excess. Splashes of different colour with white can be used to excellent effect.
Oh! And as we all know, white will also show up sticky finger marks and stains so do bear this in mind when considering placement.
- Pink: Sorry boys, this is definitely one for your sister.
Pink remains very feminine, loving and calming.
- Grey: Shades of grey need to be used carefully.
They can affect emotion and intuitiveness as well as contemplation, but can also relate to loneliness and sadness. When using grey, go for a warm tone and don’t forget to mix it with some brighter colours.
- Brown: While brown is earthy and grounded it needs to be used carefully.
Consider either a really light beige or tan shade or go opposite with a dark-chocolate brown.
- Black: Black in a child’s nursery we hear you cry!
Yes, it can be highly effective when used in moderation. It is powerful, authoritative and appeals when used as an accent colour. It is also highly effective in nursery rooms with large windows.
Colours and shades galore:
A nursery should be seen as a really special room of the house, after all, your little one(s) will spend many a happy hour there.
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